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Questions about the family of Jacob (b'nei Yisrael, children of Israel) and/or the biblical nation of Israel.

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Jacob's name is Israel. So why is he still called Jacob?

When born, Jacob is given the name "Jacob" meaning, "trickster, supplanter, heel grabber." After he wrestles at Jabbok, he is renamed "Israel" meaning "strives with God." However, after this ...
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Why is the tribe of Dan missing from Revelation 7:5-8?

We have been studying the book of Revelation and it was noted that the tribe of Dan was missing from the list of tribes of Israel listed in Revelation 7:5-8. Is there any biblical explanation why Dan ...
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Sacrifice of the first-born son leads to fury

2 Kings 3:24-27 24 But when the Moabites came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and fought them until they fled. And the Israelites invaded the land and slaughtered the Moabites. 25 They ...
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Why is Jacob renamed Israel twice?

Why does Jacob get renamed to Israel on two separate occasions? The first time Jacob is renamed Israel is by the "angel/divine being" when they finish "fighting". This is in Genesis 32:25. The ...
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The significance of the designations of families who will mourn in Zechariah 12

As the prophet Zechariah proclaims the greatness of Jerusalem's mourning, he says: 12“All Israel will mourn, each clan by itself, and with the husbands separate from their wives. The clan of David ...
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What is meant by “as numerous as the stars of the sky”?

The Bible in a few places references the stars as a large number. Genesis 22:17, Deut 1:10, Deut 28:62 all make statements referring to the Nation of Israel being as "numerous as the stars of the sky"....
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Why did the captive Jews refuse to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

As I focus on Psalm 137:4; the part of the psalm which relates to where the Jews declined to singing the Lord’s song in their land of captivity; I am still pondering over why those captive Jews said: ...
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Who's who in Hosea 12:12-13, and what is the typology?

Hosea 12:12-13 (KJV) states: And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by ...
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Why are “Judah” and “Israel” distinguished in many verses?

Even though Judah is one of the tribes of Israel (Exo. 31:2), why, then, are Judah and Israel often distinguished when they occur in the same verse? For example, in Jer. 30:4 (KJV), it is written, ...
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“Back in ships to Egypt” in Deut. 28

At the end of the curses for disobedience in Deuteronomy 28, verse 68 says: And the Lord will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that you should never make again; and there ...
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What does a mustard seed grow into?

Jesus said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that ...
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Why did Jesus say to the Canaanite woman “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” in Matthew 15:24?

I am a first time reader of the Bible. I'm reading chapters from old and new each night and have started to feel at times the Bible was written solely for the children of Israel. If as stated in one ...
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Why is the tribe of Simeon missing from Deuteronomy 33:1-29?

When Moses is about to die he blesses all the tribes except the tribe of Simeon which is somehow left out Deuteronomy 33:1-29 NASB 7 And this regarding Judah; so he said, “May Reuben live and ...
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Jacob blessing Pharaoh twice

So in this very short exchange between Jacob and Pharaoh, I'm just simply curious about what is meant by this word blessed. Should I interpret this as just a courteous greeting or take it as Jacob ...
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What is the name of Joseph's Tribe

In the list of 12 Jewish tribes, which corresponds to Joseph? Out of the 12 tribe names, nothing is similar to the name Joseph. For example, in 1 Chronicles 12:23-39 the divisions in David's forces ...
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In Romans 11:25 what is “the fullness of the Gentiles”?

Romans 11:25 KJV For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness ...
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In Romans 11:26, how is “all” understood by those who believe Israel refers to physical Israel?

For those who believe “all Israel will be saved” in Romans 11:26 refers to physical, blood line descendants of Jacob, how do they understand the word “all”? In the abolute sense of every single ...
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Jeremiah 21 King Nebuchadnezzar same as in Daniel?

Jeremiah 21:2 says that King Nebuchadnezzar is attacking Israel. Is this the same Nebuchadnezzar that places Daniel in a high government position? I know that many kings had the same names at that ...
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Why is Israel referred to with a male pronoun in Jeremiah 31:10?

“Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the coastlands far away; say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.’ —...
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Why did God give instructions about the arrangement of the Israelite tribal camps?

Numbers 2 consists entirely of God giving commandments as to how the Israelite camp should be arranged. From the NIV: On the east, toward the sunrise, the divisions of the camp of Judah are to encamp ...
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Assyrian Invasions of Israel

Previous to the fall of Samaria, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria made several excursions into Israel. The biblical records mention three: The first was against Menahem (2 Kings 15:19-20) but he was ‘...
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In Ezekiel 23 what acts of prostitution did Israel commit while she was a youth in Egypt?

According to the narrative in Ezekiel 23 it is said Israel began her prostitution in Egypt whilst still a youth,she is symbolized as two sisters Oholah and Oholibah which seems to refer to Jerusalem ...
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Why does Judges 18:1 say that Dan had no inheritance?

Judges 18:1 says that Dan had no inheritance but Joshua 19:40-48 indicates otherwise. What am I missing? Judges 18:1 ESV In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of ...
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Is the name Israel intended to be ambiguous?

Jacob is renamed Israel by God as explained in this passage: Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. When he saw that he had not prevailed against him, he ...
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Water seen as blood for Moabites but not for Israelites?

I have question regarding this miracle performed during the time of Prophet Elisha II Kings 3 : 20-23 says: 20 And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, ...
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What is the meaning behind Psalm 114:2

Psalm 114 is recited by Jews at Passover, commemorating the departure of God's people from Egypt. This year (2021) it falls on the evening of Sunday 28 March. Verse 1 recalls God's great redemptive ...
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Do the words “Israel” and “Jews” have a different meaning in the Gospels?

In my reading of the Gospels, I have not noticed any derogatory or sectarian statements using the word "Israel", such as in: Matthew 10:6 ... but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. ...
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When did separation between Israel and Judah happen? [closed]

Before the First Book of Kings there was only one nation - Israel named after Jacob (whose other name was Israel and who was called the Father of Israel). But in the Second Book of Kings it is not ...
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Micah 5:7, meaning of “among”

Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man. --...
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What is the Covenant of Peace in Ezekiel?

Ezek. 34:25 וכרתי להם ברית שלום וְהשבתי חיה־רעה מן־הארץ וישבו במדבר לבטח וישנו ביערים׃ Ezek. 37:26 וכרתי להם ברית שלום ברית עולם יהיה אותם ונתתים והרביתי אותם ונתתי את־מקדשי בתוכם לעולם׃ ...
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Why was Aaron not punished for making the golden calf? (Exodus 32:1-4)

Exodus 32:1-4 (NRSV) The Golden Calf 1" When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make gods for us, who ...
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After Israel repeatedly sinned, why is it said, “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob” (Num 23:21)?

Num 23:21 says, “He has not observed iniquity in Jacob, Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel. The Lord his God is with him," How can this be said about Israel, after all the times they rebelled ...
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Did Jesus recover the lost tribes of Israel?

According to Encylopaedia Brittanica all of the tribes of Israel except Benjamin, Judah and Levi have been "lost to history", assimilated into other peoples and no longer have a Jewish identity: ......
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Was the commandment to keep the Sabbath holy created at Mount Sinai and given to the Israelites only?

Exodus 31:12-17 (NIV) reads: 12 Then the Lord said to Moses, 13 “Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may ...
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Could Abimelech be regarded as the first king of Israel?

After Gideon had helped deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites they requested that he rule over them,but he declined. Judges 8:22 NASB 22 Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “...
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What is the relationship between Ezekiel’s vision of Jerusalem and the 12 Tribes with the vision in Revelation 7 and the 144,000 from the 12 Tribes?

Recently I was asked why the tribe of Dan was not mentioned in Revelation chapter 7. During the course of my research I came across a suggestion that there was a link between Ezekiel’s vision of ...
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Trying to understand the meaning/purpose when it comes to Psalm 45 use of the word “daughter”

Hebrews 1:5-9 (NASB) 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again, “I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me”? ........................
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By the end of Judges (Judges 21:25) who comprised the Israelites?

This question is solely about the peoples in the document sets, not archaeological claims. Apologies if this is a bad fit: I checked the site tour; this seems to be an exegesis request in relation to ...
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Human sacrifice wins victory for losing side 2Kings 3

I’d ask you read the whole chapter to get context Essentially Israel asks Judah and Edom to join in a conquest of Moab because Moab stopped paying their tributes to Israel. They get a prophetic ...
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Why did the Israelites lose the battles to the Benjamites after receiving the green light from God?

In Judges 20:18,23. The men of Israel enquired and sought counsel from the Lord to fight with the Benjamites because of their wickedness towards the concubine of the Levite(Judges 19:25-26,20:4). The ...
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Why was there great indignation against Israel while fighting against Moab

2 Kings 3:27 says Then he took his oldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they ...
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Was 20 (Numbers 32:11, Deuteronomy 1:39) the age from which God would consider an Israelite accountable for his sins?

Numbers 32:11 “Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed ...
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In Isaiah 49 is the servant the messiah or is he Israel?

On the one hand he seems to be speaking of Israel but in the next breath it seems that the servant is the messiah who gathers in the remnant of Israel: NIV Isaiah 49: 1Listen to me, you islands; ...
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How were the elect elected in Romans 11:7?

Romans 11:7 (ESV): 7 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened, How were the elect of Israel elected? Why were the rest not elected?
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Can someone explain the Biblical calendar in layman language?

As a Christian, I've read most of the Bible and though there's still more books and chapters to go, I've always struggled in understanding the calendar system that the Israelites used in the Old ...
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What is the meaning of the Hebrew word Israel - Struggle or Prince? Any scholarly resources on this? cf. Genesis 32:28

The Hebrew word Israel gets translated Struggle and Prince i.e. Gen 32:28. Are there any good scholarly resources that can help clarify which meaning is more accurate?
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Why was the punishment of refusal to enter Canaan seemingly more severe than that of the golden calf?

After having heard an adverse report from the ten spies all the fighting men of Israel refused to enter Canaan and possess it.God condenmed all these men to death in a period of forty years. Numbers ...
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The Land of Israel Joshua 21:43-45

I was reading Joshua 21:43-45 43 (A)Thus the Lord gave to Israel all the land that he swore to give to their fathers. And they took possession of it, and they settled there. 44 (B)And the Lord gave ...
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Jacob's blessing on Zebulon, how did it come to pass

Jacob blessed his children in Genesis 49, specifically he mentioned Zebulon will have it border at Sidon, a Haven for ships. Genesis 49:13 (ESV) Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea; he shall ...
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Who committed adultery with stones and with stocks in Jeremiah 3:9?

Jeremiah 3:8-9 NIV 8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared ...